Are you living a productive life? One that feels alive, energised and fulfilled, or does it feel like you’re running around in circles like a headless chicken most of the time?
When you are in your element and living productively, it feels almighty good. Whether these moments are regular or far between, there’s one thing for sure, we all want more of it in our lives.
Brendon Burchard, New York Times best-selling author of The Millionaire Messenger and Founder of Experts Academy, narrowly survived a car accident at age 19. Faced with the concept of mortality, he asked himself these three questions:
Did I live? Did I love? Did I matter?
What spiraled from this harrowing experience is his worldly popular book and podcast The Charged Life (among many other offerings to the world!), where Brendan cuts to the essence of our habits, and sometimes our apathy, which stop us from being the most productive we can be.
Firstly, you need to stop worrying if you’re good enough, ready enough, or have everything in perfect order to actually start. Look beyond yourself and realise by you taking action, you can and will help others – your family, your team, your business and your community. Serve! Get out of your head and get in the motion of serving other people.
Step back and see the big picture. What does your ultimate outcome look like? What would you define as ‘success’? How will you know when you’ve reached your goal? Once you have that vision clear in your head, work backwards from and define the process to accomplish it. You don’t have to know every step; just one step will help you. From that step will grow another step and then another.
Every day, take three steps in the direction of that big vision. It doesn’t matter how big or small these steps are, take three. If you don’t know where to start, try modeling others. Look around you to the people that inspire and uplift you. What path did they follow? What are their habits? What do they seem to do every day? It’s ok to imitate first. Before you know it, you’ll be innovating and you’re peeps will be looking to you for inspired advice and modelling!
If something is important to you, it needs to become a constant part of your life. You need discipline and the willingness to show up every day and work towards it. Put it in your calendar and do something every day. The momentum of that will teach you to stop stalling and pausing, and break the humdrum of procrastination.